More big news out of Tennessee this week. First Kevin Huffman becomes state commissioner and now YES Prep founder Chris Barbic is going to run the state’s Achievement School District (Discs – Bellwether did the search for the job and has done strategy work for YES). It’s a big win for the state. But bigger winner? Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Only a handful of Race to the Top winners seem really poised to deliver out-sized results – Tennessee is one of them – and this team ups the odds of a good story out of Tennessee that much more.
Also in the coming and goings department, Paul Pastorek is going to be missed, he did a great job in LA.